Brassavola nodosa [L.]Lindley 1831 SUBGENUS Brassavola SECTION Cuneilabia Photo by Allen Black

Plant in situ San Gil Colombia 7/14 Photo by Jay Pfahl

FragrancePart sunWarmTo Hot MOSTLY Spring and Summer

Common Name The Knobby Brassavola - Lady of the Night

Flower Size 3 1/2" [8.75 cm]

This hardy, medium sized, hot growing epiphyte or lithophyte has cylindrical, short stems enveloped by scarious sheaths with a single, sub-terete, sulcate,acute-apiculate leaf. It has a nice, citrus fragrance at night and the flowers are close to 4" across and occur in the spring and summer but are possible at any time on a 8" [20 cm] long, bracteate inflorescence that arises on a newly maturing psuedobulb that carries a single, long, sub-terete leaf that carries up to 6 flowers. They are found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Caymans, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Puerto Rico?, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venzuela, Colombia and Brazil from sea level to about 500 meters as epiphytes or lithophytes and can be quite salt tolerant. I have found them growing on the roots of mangroves in Cozumel, Mexico at sea level.

I collected a plant in Honda, Colombia in July of 1995 and mounted it on wood, given moderate shade and high humidity and it's first bloom opened 6/7/97.

Synonyms Bletia nodosa Rchb.f 1861; Bletia rhopalorrhachis (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1862; Brassavola gillettei Jones 1967; Brassavola grandiflora Lindley 1839; Cymbidium nodosum Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum nodosum L. 1753

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